Nov 22

Irezumi (1966) aka Tatouage

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A mysterious tattoo artist puts his masterpiece, a human-faced spider, on a kidnapped woman’s back. She and her lover are then forced into a conspiracy-born nightmare, where they face the danger of becoming the very evil they seek to escape. With each new bloody incident, the spider’s face seems to redden with ever-growing hunger…
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Nov 18

Yokai Monsters 3: Along with Ghosts (1969) aka Tôkaidô obake dôchû

yokai3A poor grandpa gets caught in the cross fire between rival bosses. Nearly slashed to death he crawls off home. With his dying breath he hands his 7 year old granddaughter a pair of dice and instructions on how to find her father. She heads off to town with some guys chasing her. She’s helped along the way by a nice kid and one of the men of the dead boss. It’s a story of murder, vengeance and redemption. With ghosts. Continue reading

Nov 15

Story of a Sex Crime: Rape Without Reason (1969) aka Gendai sei hanzai zekkyô hen: riyû naki bôkô

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Three young men from the countryside spend their lives in Tokyo alternately complaining about their boring existence and brutalizing people. When they come to violent ends themselves, they claim to be victims of society.
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Nov 09

Naked Bullet (1969) aka Otoko goroshi onna goroshi: hadaka no zyudan

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A yakuza flees from his boss with a young waitress and is tricked into returning to the fold. For his efforts, he is tortured and beaten, and she is raped and discarded like trash. Five years later, a similar scenario presents itself only this time, the ex- yakuza has learnt from his mistake. The director employs a subtle, documentary style and switches between color and black and white. The women in this film are gorgeous, and there is a plethora of nudity. Structured much more conventionally than many Wakamatsu pictures, and feeling more like noir than pink. It’s a humble little gem from a truly maverick director.
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